Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie.
Public Domain (P)2007 B.J. Harrison
This was an entertainingly weird story. It was very much like one of those fabulous old Twilight Zone TV show episodes.
The difference, though, is that the Twilight Zone episodes always seemed to have a point. I couldn't see the point of this story.
Still, it was interesting and entertaining.
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Well written and brilliant for it's length. It is a story of a man who is born old and ages in reverse. But it differs quite a bit from the movie.
B.J. Harrison's reading of this unusual story was excellent. He really reflects emotion and humor very well! F. Scott Fitzgerald's story was most unusual and very funny at times, poignant at others. This makes you glad that this phenomenon doesn't really happen! It also really makes you think about how differently we act at different ages. I haven't seen the movie so I don't know how close it is. This is a nice short book, odd though it may be, and Fitzgerald's lovely writing makes this worth a listen. (Gatsby is a must, though! Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is brilliant, here on Audible!)
I honestly liked the sound and honest enthusiasm the reader placed in this book. Very well done.
Ben's dad was an interesting character, and he kept me invested in his son.
The child acting general.
It's been done.
I've never seen the movie but thought I would try the book. I found the concept of someone being born at the end of their life and then getting younger interested. Although not much happened throughout the story, it was still a pleasant read, hence the 4 star rating.
Voice for Benjamin at different life stages was a positive aspect for the listener.
It was a strangely cute short story.
Perfect heartfelt narration with stresses which were always in place and relevant. This is a peculiar type of plot for Fitzgerald bearing in mind The Great Gatsby and his other short stories. The story is a wonderful allegory of life and certaily worth reading (or hearing).
A slightly different version then the story told on the big screen but still very enjoyable and a good short listen.
It's smack right in the middle of all I've listened to so far.
It was original, very different and interesting. Since I had seen the movie I was interested in seeing how close the movie and story were. Miles apart! Movie nothing like the story it is based on.
He made the pages breathe and come to life. A little corny, but a good representation of the area.
I wasn't expecting Ben to be such a jerk. When his wife started aging he lost all interest in her. Being older was the very thing that in the beginning drew her to him.
The story and the narration are enjoyable and since it is short and inexpensive you could do worse.
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